Family Based Services

Family Based Services

In collaboration with the Old Colony YMCA resources and the network of human service agencies in the Greater Brockton and Plymouth areas, the Family Based Services Program is dedicated to providing family stabilization and support through effective advocacy. The program addresses individual needs of each child and the needs of the family.

The Old Colony YMCA has provided intervention services for Department of Children and Families (DCF and formerly known as DSS) and Department of Mental Health (DMH) adolescent clients through intensive mentoring models in the Brockton area since 1982.  Youth Advocates collaborate with other community services to support parents and families by teaching responsibility, problem solving and decision-making skills, while emphasizing the importance of youth accountability.

Family Based Services provides three separate programs staffed by Youth Advocates: the SPARKS Intensive Adolescent Support Program, Mentoring, and Day Respite.  Youth Advocates serve as positive role models while developing each youth’s character building skills and assets using a variety of approaches: through one to one contacts, home based services, or group and recreational events.

SPARKS Intensive Adolescent Support Program

S.P.A.R.K.S (youth named program which stands for: Supporting, Productivity, Artistic Expression, Reaching Goals, Knowledge and Skills for Life) is a community based therapeutic after-school program for youth ages 12-18. The main goal of this program is to enhance the social and academic skills youth have while in a group setting. Youth Advocates work with teens on skill development, helping them to tolerate difference, building positive self-esteem, and modeling ways to embrace their unique “sparks”.

Intensive Mentoring

Mentoring is a structured, one-to-one community based service that uses a strengths based approach. Youth Advocates work with youth to provide academic support, emotional support, explore career opportunities, and expose youth to as many cultural and recreational experiences while out in the community.

Day Respite

The respite component of our mentoring program is intended to provide educational and recreational activities to youth who are awaiting placement in foster care, are suspended from school, or are in need of a place to stay for the day.


The Family Based Services Program is located at 403 Main Street in Brockton.


Old Colony YMCA
Family Based Services Program
403 Main Street
Brockton, MA 02301

Carolyn Homan
Senior Director
508 584 1100